Steadfast Efforts by Iranian-American Community Lead to Suspension of Insulting Ads

Washington, DC – The Iranian-American community’s call for the suspension of an insulting advertising campaign has succeeded. Following a public campaign by the National Iranian American Council that received national attention and was reported on by CNN and Voice of America, the American Values Network announced that it is suspending a controversial ad campaign that proclaimed, “Iran is making a KILLING.”

NIAC publicly called on AVN to terminate the ad campaign in May, arguing that the ads carelessly fueled national security tensions and were insulting to Iranians and Iranian Americans. NIAC’s Policy Director Jamal Abdi met with AVN to discuss NIAC’s concerns.

In a VOA report featuring Abdi, as well as an official from AVN, it was reported that AVN had “quietly” decided to suspend their controversial advertising campaign.

NIAC welcomed the suspension of the ads and believed that this was an important moment for the Iranian-American community to set a precedent. NIAC had made clear that no action short of replacing the ads would be acceptable, including half-measures or semantic fixes.

“Other communities are not subjected to this type of treatment; the Iranian-American community should be no exception,” said Abdi. “It was important that we remained steadfast on this point and refused to compromise on our call for these ads to be suspended.”

Iranian Americans from all over the country contacted NIAC expressing t… >>>

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